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We are proud to call these amazing artists and collaborators our friends:


Lightborne developed the jaw dropping visuals and were invaluable partners in creating the Block Party. Lightborne is a multi-disciplinary creative studio located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. They work with musical artists, brands, and companies to concept, design, and implement innovative visual content for all sizes and types of screens and projection surfaces, big and small. Many thanks to MooTV for handling the video projection and servers, and Okulus for programming and lighting design. lightborne.com

Instrument 112

Created expressly for LUMENOCITY, students and faculty from the University of Cincinnati School of Design present an immersive, responsive installation that transforms space and body movements into sound, light, and color. The installation creates an audio-responsive environment in the day. Upon nightfall, walking, playing, or dancing through the space will activate a vibrant musical and visual experience #instrument112

DAAP School of Design

The School of Design Art, Architecture, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati prepares its students as skilled professionals, ready to work in local and global markets while respecting the diversity of human communities. The School is innovative in teaching and transforming the design disciplines by infusing learning with the newest design thinking methods and technologies. Through inspired interdisciplinary projects and sponsored partnerships, the School of Design is devoted to further its role as a leading design institution.

Matthew Wizinsky

Matthew is a designer, researcher, and educator. His independent studio, Studio Junglecat, is a hub of investigative design activities that include projects in communications, exhibitions, public interactions, social activism, and media experimentation. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati.

Peter Chamberlain

Peter is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and Master of Design degree from the Graduate School at Chiba University, located just outside of Tokyo, Japan. His research considers how deeply embedded culturally driven sensibilities can provide inspirational sources for design innovation.

Pones, Inc.

Pones, Inc. provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance. Founded in 2008, Pones, Inc. has collaborated with over 200 artists and 80 arts and service organizations. The company creates site-specific performances through a fusion of dance and other art forms. Pones, Inc.’s accessible and participatory performances have been seen in over 90 Greater Cincinnati locations, Indianapolis, Chicago, and internationally in Italy. Pones, Inc. Performers use their bodies to speak their minds. The collective uses movement to spark collaboration, connection, and community. They believe that art creates powerful change. ponesinc.wordpress.com

Costume designers, Artists and Programmers

Lindsey M. Whittle

Lindsey is a Covington, KY based fashion/performance artist and co-coordinator of PIQUE art space, who seeks to collaborate with others and spread good cheer. sparklezilla.com

Julian Spring

Julian is a physicist, software engineer, and photographer who likes to explore the intersection of art and science.

Grace DuVal

Grace is a Chicago-based wearable artist and photographer who specializes in garments made from non-traditional materials. Graceduval.com

Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics

NKU’s College of Informatics enables students and the region to thrive in an age of innovation and digital transformation. Informatics embraces most of what we do in the digital age: it is the art, science, business, and technology of information. Now in its tenth year, NKU’s College of Informatics is the center of excellence in cybersecurity, and has been recognized for the unique “virtual co-op” program. The College offers a variety of degrees and certificate programs, both graduate and undergraduate.

Vincent Scheben

Vincent joined NKU as a Coordinator within the Center for Applied Informatics in August of 2007. In this role, Vincent manages and coordinates IT projects which assist regional businesses and non-profit organizations with technology needs and solutions, while giving Informatics students opportunities to apply classroom taught skills to real world scenarios. In his spare time he enjoys experimenting with new technologies.

Chris Strobel

Chris is a Professor of Electronic Media and Broadcasting (EMB) and is the Director of EMB and interim Director of Media Informatics (MIN) at NKU. The EMB and MIN programs focus on the study and creation of all types of media, with students making documentaries, narrative films, corporate video, websites, mobile apps, video games, every ESPN 3 Broadcast of NKU sports, and more.

VR Dome

Sponsored by Lightborne and FotoFocus 2016

Be amazed as local visual artists, presented by the Jennie Rosenthal Berliant and Allan Berliant Family Fund, use Tilt Brush to illuminate the space in three-dimensional virtual reality before your eyes! Join us inside the air-conditioned 40’x40’ virtual reality dome, step inside the art and try your hand at Tilt Brush, completely free, under guidance from students from Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics.

Artists working in virtual reality:

Katie Baker

Katie is the Exhibition Coordinator at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University. She received her BFA in painting and drawing, and a BA in English composition from NKU, and a MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently furthers her drawing practice at her studio in Newport, KY and at the Manifest Drawing Center.

Scottie Bellissemo

Scottie is a Covington-based artist who explores abstraction. A professional wood sculptor, glass blower, painter, drawer, and more, he received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Maggie Cleary

Maggie is a creator and thing-maker at heart. Working within the field of design, Maggie also enjoys making music and experimenting with projectors and photography. She currently practices her work in her studio at Wave Pool Gallery. margaretcleary.com

Skip Cullen

Geoffrey “Skip” Cullen is a conceptual artist currently working in Cincinnati. His work has covered a range of subjects including Geometric Formalism, Absurdity, and Economic Systems. Cullen is also one member of a four-part artist collective named Slapface, a founding member of the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative in San Francisco, and is currently the President of the Board for Wave Pool Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center in Cincinnati. Skipcullen.com

Matthew Dayler

Matthew creates self-portraits and images of mature men in drawings, prints, photography and video, which are inspired by popular culture and issues of identity. His work has been shown and published internationally. Born and raised in Ontario Canada, Dayler now lives in Cincinnati and currently teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Matthewdayler.com

Chris Gliebe

With one foot in the street and the other in a studio, Chris’ art has been appearing in solo and group shows nationwide since 1997. Working as a freelance graphic designer under the “Clinikill” and “Devious” brand names, Chris now works full time as a creative director and designer for Lightborne. chrisgliebe.com

Mike Jacobs

More info soon!

Kurt Koch

More info soon!

Pam Kravetz

Pam Kravetz is a working artist and professional educator in the city of Cincinnati. Her use of vibrant color and whimsical subjects create a silly mood with a bold statement. She received her BFA in ceramics and drawing from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters of Art Education from Miami University, and has been regionally and nationally recognized for her efforts in art education as she has for her art work. Pamkravetzart.com  

Rick Mallette

Rick was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He studied art at Delta College (AA), Western Michigan University (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (MFA). Rick lived, exhibited and worked in Chicago from 1990 to 2001 and moved to Cincinnati in 2002 where he continues to show and make art.


Chase Melendez

Chase received a BA from San Diego State University and a MFA from the University of Cincinnati. While primarily a painter, Chase also creates mixed media works based out of Cincinnati. Chasemelendez.com

Sean Oswald

Sean is an emerging artist living and working in Cincinnati who focuses primarily on painting and drawing. Before attending graduate school Sean apprenticed with an artist who taught him the tradition of “alla prima” painting in upstate New York. Sean holds a BA in Art Education from Miami University, an apprenticeship from the Carriage House Art Studio with Garin Baker, and a MFA from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. Seanoswald.com
Michael Stillion

Michael’s paintings and paper collages give an immediate sense that objects hold no fixed place, that they are in a constant state of coming together and falling apart. Stillion’s work transports you to an invented but remembered place, something both otherworldly and extremely familiar. Michael received his BA of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA from the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Michaelstillion.com

Art of Parts and Jonathan Gibson

Local artist and professor at Xavier University, Jonathan Gibson, will assemble this crowd-sourced community art project on site. Stop by between 8:30-99:30 to name your price to own a piece of the art. At the end of the night, he’ll cut it and divvy up the “shares.” All proceeds help support the CSO and LUMENOCITY. Artofparts.com

Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to be assisting with the Lantern Station at this year’s LUMENOCITY! The CAC impacts regional and global communities by providing changing arts experiences that challenge, entertain, and educate. Contemporaryartscenter.org

Swing Set Drum Kit

The Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford is an interactive sculpture encouraging people to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. fordart.wordpress.com

Music Lab: Antonio Violins

Ever held a violin? Stop by and pluck away—no prior experience required! Our partners from Antonio Violins will be on hand to help. antonioviolin.com


We’re beyond happy to partner again with local brewery Rhinegeist on the latest version of Lumenocity Glow Pale Ale. Stop by their booth to purchase it, and don’t forget your souvenir Glow Cup, while supplies last! Rhinegeist.com


Food Vendors

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Streetpops http://streetpops.com/

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Urban Grill http://urbangrillfoodtruck.com/


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